Knights out of sync in loss | Volleyball

By David Pan | Sep 26, 2018
Photo by: David R Pan Kamiak’s Rachel Coleman and Grace Forster (right) go up for a block against Monroe Thursday, Sept. 20, at Kamiak High School.

Kamiak could not get in sync on offense against Monroe.

The Bearcats took advantage, coming out on top in two sets that could have gone either way, to prevail 25-17, 25-23, 29-31, 26-24 in a Wesco 4A volleyball match Thursday, Sept. 20, at Kamiak High School.

Coach Jason Davis praised the Knights’ tenacity throughout the match but noted that the team still a lot of work to do.

“We weren’t very technically sound tonight,” Davis said. “We had a hard time executing anything tonight. So it’s back to square one.”

The Knights (1-2 in the league and overall) held a lead late in the second set but were unable to even the match and instead fell into a tough 2-0 deficit.

The Knights and Bearcats (2-1, 2-1) went back and forth in the third set before Kamiak eventually prevailed. The Knights were executing their offense and making good passes, Davis said.

“They fought hard,” Davis said. “We just have a lot of work to do.”

The fourth set was shaping up to be tight battle with the teams tied at 10. Monroe then went on a 7-0 run that included back-to-back block kills to take a 17-10 lead.

“They have an excellent block,” Davis said of the Bearcats. “We’re working … to spend more time hitting the ball to different spots. We’re not really great at it now.”

Kamiak chipped away at the deficit and used a 12-5 run to eventually tie the score at 22. The Knights again could not put together back-to-back points and eventually lost when a second serve was out.

“We’ll always take an aggressive serve and take the chance that there’s an error,” Davis said.

The goal is to serve tough and try to keep teams out of their offense, he added.

Senior outside hitter Hannah Knutt recorded a team-high 11 kills along with 10 digs and senior middle hitter Quinci Flowers had seven kills. Sophomore setter Camryn Woodworth dished out 17 assists and had 10 digs and three service aces. Senior libero Aanna Tukan finished with 22 digs.

Davis also like the play of junior Kara Toves and sophomore Danica Pel, who both served tough.

“(Kara) is kind of a jack of all trades. We’ve been trying to move her around and see where she’s most efficient,” Davis said. “Dani had a great night tonight. She had had a really good night serving and playing tough defense.

“I was proud of how hard they fought. It was a night we couldn’t seem to get a break.” Davis said. “They (Bearcats) were just really scrappy and got to balls that a lot of teams don’t get to and then we couldn’t get in system.”

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